As we get ready to enter a new year, you’re likely taking stock of how you want to change. One of these changes may be trying to be a more diligent homeowner. A great place to start is with your heating system.

Keep Those Air Vents Free

Your home likely has a series of air vents that runs throughout each room. Those air vents need to have space around them so that air can flow freely. Whenever obstructions, such as plants or furniture, get placed in front of your air vents, it can make it harder for your blower to deliver warm air. Make it a habit to check that your vents are free from obstructions.

Schedule Your Annual Maintenance

Your heating system should receive maintenance each year by a service professional. This will ensure that your system is working optimally, alert you of any foreseeable problems, and keep the warranty on your system valid. Unfortunately, it can be hard to remember to contact your heating professional each year. Instead, consider signing up for an annual maintenance plan with us so that we can remind you of when it’s time for your heater maintenance.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Thermostat technology has advanced greatly over the recent years. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your old thermostat for a newer one that can allow you to run your heater more efficiently. If you still have a dial thermostat, at least consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set the temperature lower when you’re not at home and automatically return it to a more comfortable temperature before you walk back in the door.

If you have a little extra money to invest, consider a smart thermostat. It comes along with all the benefits of a programmable thermostat and more. This type of thermostat can be remotely controlled via your smartphone anywhere that you have an internet connection. Additionally, smart thermostats learn your temperature habits and make recommendations on the best thermostat settings to save you money on energy and fuel.

Change Your Filters Often

Your HVAC system has an air filter whose job is to trap unwanted airborne particles and debris from your indoor air. Whenever your air filter reaches the end of its useful lifespan, it will become clogged. If you leave a clogged air filter in place, your blower fan is going to have to work much harder to force air through it. This translates to premature wear and higher energy bills.

Instead, opt for checking your air filter and changing it regularly. A good rule of thumb is to check it at least once a month. Whenever you can’t see through the filter, it’s clogged. Be sure to keep at least one or two new filters on hand so that you can easily swap it out when necessary.

Upgrade Your Insulation

Insulation plays a vital role in separating the cold air outside from the warm air inside of your home. When that insulation isn’t thick enough, it can allow the cold air to penetrate inside your home. Take five minutes to head up to your attic to check the R-value of your insulation. If your R-value isn’t high enough to meet the minimum recommended standards in your area, it’s time to add more. You want to at least meet or exceed the set R-value for your region. Realize that the more insulation your home has, the more heat you’re going to keep trapped inside.

Close Air Drafts

If you walk by a window or door in your home and get a draft of cold air, it’s a real problem. You should make it a resolution to close off all the air drafts throughout your home. There is an array of products out there that can help you to accomplish this goal. Weather-stripping, door sweeps, and door snakes seem to be the most used by homeowners.

Get Issues Looked At

If your heating system has been creating a racket when it runs, it’s time to contact your service professional. You never want to let unusual noises or bad odors go without being checked out. These are indications that there is a problem that needs to be addressed with your heating system.

Trusted Heating Services

Variable Comfort Solutions provides trusted heating services to the entire Huntington, WV area. We’ll also take care of all your cooling, indoor air quality, and mini-split needs. Get in touch with us today to get the assistance that you need with your home.

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